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In almost every job I've had I've ended up writing. In-house manuals, technical guides, you name it, the written word found a way to emerge. I was a technical communicator long before I realized what that was. When I did finally put two and two together I found the perfect fit for my talents and my interests. My need to constantly learn was an asset. My interest in science and technology also found a home in a career that is as challenging as it is rewarding. I love technical writing.

If you are looking for more information on the services I could provide you with please check out my portfolio and my resume. If you are looking for information on exactly what technical writing is please read on. I've written an introduction to some of the software you need to know in order to get by as a technical writer. My section on resources is also a good spot to find out where you can learn more.

What is technical writing?

Every software manual you have read, quick start guide to your television, instructions on building furniture, all of the functional written word that explains how to interact with the tools at your disposal fall under the umbrella of technical writing. It is the bridge between those who created the product and the end user. But there is more. Every different kind of environment, business, medical, educational requires technical writers for training manuals, procedural guidelines, tutorials. We do it all, but most of us specialize in one area over another.

What does is take to be a technical writer?

That's the core. It sounds so simple right? Well there is more to the world of technical writing. You also need

How do I become one?

Below are two books that explain everything you need to know about technical writing, how to break in, what to do. Start there.

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